Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Global Health consists of 9 credits, or three courses, all within the Global Health Studies Program. The credits are transferable between the graduate certificate and master's degree programs.

MSU’s Global Health Studies Program presents a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on the inter-relatedness and importance of human, animal, and environmental health. Our global health programs are part of Michigan State University’s commitment to advancing the common good.

What Will You Learn in a Global Health Certificate Program?

Students in the Global Health Certificate Program will be introduced to concepts of Global Health Practice and can select further study in topics like Transdisciplinary Collaborations in Global Health, Global Burden of Disease, or Evidence-Based Practice. International students may elect to complete Independent Study of United States Health Systems.

Upon completion of the courses, students can apply to receive the Graduate Certificate in Global Health. In addition, students have the opportunity to apply certificate credits to the Master of Science in Global Health degree, also offered through the Global Health Studies program at MSU.


100% Online

Complete your Graduate Certificate in Global Health 100% online in as little as one year.

Transfer Credits

Apply your Global Health Graduate Certificate credits toward the Master of Science in Global Health degree.

Experienced Faculty

Learn from global health practitioners and researchers.

Global Health Certificate Curriculum



  • OST 822 - Introduction to Global Health Practice (3 credits)

    This course focuses on differences in national models of healthcare delivery, issues of social justice and human rights principles, and strategies to engage marginalized and vulnerable populations. Students will learn about important milestones in the history of global health; roles and relationships of major entities influencing global health and development; different national models of health systems for provision of healthcare and their respective effects on health and healthcare expenditures; how global trends in healthcare practice, commerce and culture, multinational agreements and multinational organizations contribute to the quality and availability of health and healthcare locally and internationally; general trends and influences in the global availability and movement of healthcare workers; the healthcare workforce crisis in the developing world, contributing factors and strategies to address this problem; social justice and human rights principles in addressing global problem problems; how cultural context influences perceptions of health and disease; and personal motivations and roles in global health practice.


Select 2 from the following:

  • OST 821 – One Health-Transdisciplinary Collaborations to Global Health (3 credits)

    This course focuses on transdisciplinary collaboration amongst different animal health, human health and non-health specialists to solve problems at the interface of people, animals and their environment. Students will learn about the One Health framework approach including its history, theoretical issues, added value and application to global health, and the relationship between access to quality and security of water, sanitation, food and air on animal and human health. The One Health approach will be used to assess and analyze various human, animal and environmental global health and well-being issues. Students will also learn to recognize contributions and added value of transdisciplinary teams in solving One Health issues; the role and added value of social sciences, economics and communications in One Health and how the approach can aid in translating science into policy.

  • OST 823 – Global Burden of Disease (3 credits)

    This course focuses on major causes of, types of, and efforts to reduce morbidity and mortality around the world. Techniques for monitoring and validating the health status of populations. Students will learn about major causes of morbidity and mortality around the world and how the risk for disease varies with regions; major public health efforts to reduce disparities in global health; how to validate the health status of populations using available data; major social and economic determinants of health and their effects on the access to, and quality of, health services and on differences in morbidity and mortality between and within countries; contribution of animal health and disease to the global burden of human disease and the impact of environmental degradation on the global burden of human and animal disease.

  • OST 831 – Evidence-Based Practice in Global Health (3 credits)

    This course focuses on critical appraisal of scientific studies of global health interventions. Students will learn about evidence-based program planning and evaluation, including evidence-based decision making, composing a valid research statement, collecting and evaluating data and evidence to answer research questions, critiquing evidence for importance and validity in a global health context, and interpreting and evaluating evidence presented within scientific literature.

  • OST 832 – Independent Study in United States Health Systems (1-3 credits)

    This course is an independent study course in areas relevant to the United States health systems. OST 832 is limited to international students participating in independent study at Michigan State University